The Birth of Jesus Christ
An angel tells Mary about Jesus
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God." "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:26-38)
1) The conception and birth of Jesus was a supernatural event. He was born of a virgin. Maybe your logic and reasoning and knowledge of human behavior are trying to make the Bible leave some doubt about Mary's virginity. But there is no doubt in the passage. If you believe the first verse in the Bible, (which says "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,") then it's not hard to believe that the same God can cause conception in a virgin.
2) The faith of Mary is shocking. When she heard what the angel said, certainly she instantly knew the ridicule she would receive. And she must have thought that Joseph would dump her. But there is no sign of hesitation, fear, or doubt on her part. It affects me like "Boom!" when she just instantly responds, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." Her faith definitely shames me. If I had been in her shoes, I probably would have been asking doubting questions of the angel.
3) Concerning the time of year when this conception took place,
the "sixth month" is probably not the sixth month of the calendar that was in
use by the Jews then. Instead it was the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy.
This can be understood by looking at the phrase "she who was said to be barren
is in her sixth month." And also by Luke 1:24 which says, "After this his wife
Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion." Then two
verses later it says "in the six month..." So, it seems that Jesus was conceived
in the month of Kislev (November-December). From that we can add 40 weeks to
approximate the time of year of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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